St. John's River Trail

California

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St. John's River Trail Facts

States: California
Counties: Tulare
Length: 3.8 miles
Trail end points: Riverway Sports Park and Cutler Park
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8643472

St. John's River Trail Description

The St. John’s River Trail offers a tranquil atmosphere through a tree-dotted river valley to enjoy. Whether riding your bike or walking the paved trail, you are offered the opportunity to relax and experience this four-mile gem in Visalia, California. The pathway connects two popular recreational amenities: Cutler Park—a 70-acre country park with a playground, baseball fields, and restrooms—and Riverway Sports Park, where you’ll find athletic fields, picnic shelters, and seasonal splash pad.

 

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available during non-school hours at Valley Oak Middle School. There is also parking at Cutler Park (15520 Ivanhoe Drive, Visalia, CA 93292)

St. John's River Trail Reviews

Preferred Trail for the Area

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Location: Visalia, CA
Parking: Riverway Sports Park…lots of parking available, nice park.
Trail Condition: Wonderful asphalt trail condition, new. This is a very wide trail, wide enough for a vehicle to easily drive it and some were but not a problem.
Signage: Informational and regulatory signs but no directional signs, which aren’t really needed.
Comments: Started from the western end Riverway Sports Park. This trail is wide and nice new surface, very easy to ride two abreast with plenty of room. A couple of underpasses avoid having to cross any roads, these parts of the trail are concrete and also very wide and nicely done. After the first section of trail of being in the open and construction of a large housing development to the side it then gets into the trees and more shade. All along following beside the dry river bed. While a previous reviewer mentioned a “no-go zone”, there certainly is a part of the trail with many encampments along the river bed, we passed through during the afternoon and certainly felt safe enough. It is an unfortunate condition. If wanting to avoid this part of the trail, start at St. Johns Park off of Ben Maddox Way and travel east. From this park the trail is more scenic with a lot of trees and a few small parks along it. At the eastern end of the trail, the trail makes a small circle and implies start of this trail. We continued east into Cutler Park to the actual end, as mapped on Trail Link. On the trail we encountered walkers and only a couple bikers, this was during the middle of a weekday. Of the two trails we did in Visalia, this is the preferred trail.

Bikeway on the trail

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Started from the Riverway Sports Park which was very nice with much greenery for an October day. We hit the trail and as expected this newly paved trail made its way into the surrounding desert scenery. How wonderful to have such a trail in this town. There are several options to side trails along the way. Now for the bad news... the no go zones. Sprawling homeless encampments all along the St John riverbed, laundry hung out on the trail benches to dry, garbage can rummaging all along the trails. Ride at your own risk

Extension!

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The west end of this trail was recently extended to reach Highway 63. Visitors can park in the Riverway Sports Park and walk to the trail head.

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